Health Education

Master of Education

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Interested in a career in health and enjoy working with people? The Master of Education (MEd) in Health Education is a unique program offering the flexibility to choose between three concentration areas:

Eating Disorders – leads to a variety of job opportunities as an eating disorders specialist.
Health Promotion – option for students seeking job opportunities as a health education specialist. Can be completed entirely online.
K–12 Certification – leads to endorsement for New Hampshire certification as a K-12 Health Education teacher. Can be completed entirely online.

Each concentration has specific enrollment requirements, and some require specific majors or prerequisites courses. Each program is different in its delivery of online, hybrid, face-to-face, intensive weekends, or in-class sessions. The nine credits of core MEd courses may be taken totally online or in a hybrid format.

A graduate degree in health education will prepare you for a career that is expected to grow by 21% by 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Health educators provide and manage health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. As defined by the U.S. Department of Labor, Health Educators collect and analyze data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies and environments.

The core education courses are offered year-round, and the required health education courses are offered primarily as weekend and hybrid courses. A limited number of courses will be offered during the fall terms. Content classes are offered on a rotating basis. This schedule allows students to complete their degree in two or three years on a part-time basis. Full-time students may be able to complete the requirements in less time.

  • MEd in Health Education and Promotion
  • MEd in Health Education and Promotion, K-12 Health Education Certification
  • K-12 Health Education Certification Only
  • MEd in Health Education and Promotion, Eating Disorders
  • Eating Disorders Graduate Certificate
Curriculum Requirements
Admission Requirements
All of the MEd in Health Education programs require the following materials to be submitted through our online application

  • 3.0 or better GPA in undergraduate coursework
  • Official transcripts from any/all college level work
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Current Resume
  • Statement of interest
  • NH Residency Verification form (NH residents only)
  • $75 application fee
Admission Deadlines

Students pursuing Health Education can apply for admission to any of the upcoming semesters. Here are the deadlines for 2019-20:

  • Spring 2020 – December 1, 2019
  • Summer 2020 – April 15, 2020
  • Fall 2020 – August 1, 2020

*We suggest submitting your documentation at least two weeks prior to the posted date to ensure your application is complete and can be reviewed by the deadline. 

Fall Registration Open

Spring 2020 Registration Opens October 28

Did you know PSU allows you to take up to 12 credits of graduate coursework before applying to most programs? So whether you are admitted to a program or just want to try a class, you can get started today!

Search for classes – the Office of the Registrar handles the course registration process – more information is available by visiting their website where you can check out the current course schedule by clicking on the “Browse and Register for Courses” option on the left. Simply select the current term from the drop down menu which will then allow you to search for classes in a variety of ways.

Register Online – Registration can be completed online through the myPlymouth portal if you are a current/active student or have been admitted to a graduate program. Be sure to have your user name, password, and the course number and title handy. At the end of the registration process you will be notified of your billing due date. Specific instructions for completing the online registration can be found on the Registrar’s website under the “How to Register” tab.

New to PSU? If you are taking your first graduate class at PSU and have not been admitted to a graduate program, you will need to complete the paper registration form which can be found under the “Registration Forms” tab. Completed forms should be submitted directly to the Office of the Registrar via email to or faxed to 603-535-2724.

Graduate Tuition Rates – Tuition for graduate coursework is calculated on a per credit rate based on residency status. Click here to see the current tuition costs.

MEd Health Education

Eating Disorders Institute

Students who complete the Eating Disorders program in Health Education are able to:

    1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic information in the eating disorders field for entry level l eating disorder specialists.
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of assessment and treatment modalities of eating disorders.
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of medical complications of eating disorders.
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of nutrition education, assessment, and counseling of eating disorders.
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in an eating disorders capstone experience in a clinical setting or educational/outreach setting.

MEd Health Education

Health Promotion

In addition to the departmental outcomes, students who complete the Health Promotion option in Health Education in are able to:

    1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic health content and current health issues appropriate for an entry level health professional.
    1. Assess, plan and implement health promotion programs.
    1. Evaluate health promotion programs for process and outcomes
  1. Obtain national certification as a certified health education specialist (CHES) from the National Commission of Health Education Credentialing, INC. (NCHEC)

MEd Health Education

School Health K-12

In addition to the departmental outcomes, students who complete the School Health K-12 Option in Health Education are able to comply with AAHE 2009 Standards:

    1. Standard I: Content Knowledge. Candidates demonstrate the knowledge and skills of a health literate educator.
    1. Standard II: Needs Assessment: Candidates assess needs to determine priorities for school health education (SHE).
    1. Standard III: Planning: Candidates plan effective comprehensive school health education curricula and programs.
    1. Standard IV: Implementation: Candidates implement health education instruction
    1. Standard V: Assessment. Candidates assess student learning.
    1. Standard VI: Administration and Coordination. Candidates plan and coordinate a school health education program.
    1. Standard VII: Being a Resource. Candidates serve as a resource person in health education.
  1. Standard VIII: Communication and Advocacy. Candidates communicate and advocate for health and school health education.

“How much will my graduate program cost?” and “How will I pay for it?” are two of the most common questions asked when considering continuing your education. Here is some basic information about tuition, financial aid, scholarships and Graduate Assistant opportunities. We encourage you to click the links on this page for additional information and resources.

Graduate Tuition and Fees

Tuition for graduate level courses is assessed on a per credit basis, and differs slightly for NH residents and non-residents. Please note, the per credit rate varies depending on the level of the program to which you are admitted.

2019-20 ESTIMATED Rates for New Hampshire Residents

Program Level Tuition Mandatory Fees Per Credit Total
Master’s $535 $40 $575
CAGS $565 $40 $605
EdD $625 $40 $665

2019-20 ESTIMATED Rates for Non-Residents

Program Level Tuition Mandatory Fees Per Credit Total
Master’s $760 $40 $800
CAGS $670 $40 $710
EdD $750 $40 $790

More information is available through the Student Account Services Office.

Financial Aid

Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of student loans only. You will need to complete the FAFSA at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester you wish to begin taking classes. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid – please review our international admission requirements to learn more.

More information can be found on the Financial Aid webpages.


Each year, Plymouth State offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships to admitted graduate students. Selection criteria include academic and professional achievements, commitment to graduate study, and achievement or pursuit of personal or professional goals. Visit the PSU Scholarship Opportunities webpage for additional information.

Graduate Assistant positions

Graduate assistants are an important part of Plymouth State’s collaborative learning community. They work alongside faculty, staff, and students to help achieve the University’s goals, while gaining valuable experience as assistants, researchers, and teachers.

Graduate Assistant positions are available on a limited basis to highly qualified graduate students who’ve been fully accepted into a graduate program at Plymouth State. Applications for assistantships should be returned to the Office of Academic Affairs by April 1 for the upcoming year.

We would be happy to provide you with more information about our graduate programs – here are a few ways to learn more!

INQUIREComplete a brief inquiry form and we will connect you with the program coordinator and provide you with additional information about the curriculum, admission requirements, faculty information, and more.

VISIT We hold information sessions and campus visits throughout the year, or we can schedule an in-person advising appointment – come check out our beautiful campus in Plymouth, NH

EMAIL Have a quick question about our wide array of graduate programs and certificates? Send us an email at

CHATWe would be happy to chat with you – just submit a question to one of our admissions advisors.

Want an answer right away? Give us a call – the Admissions Office is open Mon-Fri from 8:00am-4:30pm at 603-535-2237 or 800-FOR-GRAD.

Graduate Admission Team – Whether you are just graduating with your bachelor’s degree or have been out of school for a while, we are here to help guide you through the application process, assist in getting you registered for your first semester of classes, and provide you with “next steps, information, and resources on campus.

Program Coordinator/Advisor – Once you have been admitted into a graduate program, you will be assigned an academic advisor who will be your go-to person for class scheduling, program and/or curriculum questions, and academic guidance.

Office of the Registrar – can assist with course registration, transcript requests and degree conferral information

Student Account Services – please contact them with questions regarding your bill, employer reimbursement, or financial holds on your account.

Financial Aid Office – is here to assist financial aid, student loans, or other financial related questions.

HE, HP, and HL Course Offerings 2019
This course planning matrix shows a tentative schedule of when Health Education (HE) and Health Promotion (HP) classes will be offered.

This course planning matrix shows a tentative schedule of when Eating Disorders (HL) classes will be offered.

Please note both schedules are subject to change.